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All opinions in Darryl’s blog are his own and may conflict with an official review published on Theaterscene.net.

A native New Yorker, Darryl Reilly graduated from NYU with a BFA in Cinema Studies. For the Broadway League, (formerly The League of American Theatres and Producers) he developed, and for five years conducted their Broadway Open House Tours, which took visitors through The Theatre District and into several Broadway theaters. He contributed to Broadway Musicals Show by Show: Sixth Edition (Applause Books). Since 2013, he has reviewed theater, cabaret, and concerts for Theaterscene.net.

Ziel Dance Theater: “Freedom ≠ Britney”

October 31, 2021

“Work Bitch,” “Oops! I Did It Again” and “Gimme More” are also among the choice hits included in the show’s delirious soundtrack, interspersed with audio statements by Britney Spears. [more]

Ziel Dance Theater: “And There it Was”

October 25, 2021

Magnificent leaps, graceful gestures with his hands and arms, grand turns, and Martial Arts-style moves are all to be experienced by Tomislav Nevistic’s exceptional modern dance technique. His choreography recalls the texture of Martha Graham, Paul Taylor’s wit and Twyla Tharp’s jauntiness. [more]

Scott Raneri: Extra! Extra!

September 28, 2021

The title, Extra! Extra! refers to Raneri’s past livelihood as a prolific screen background player in such television shows as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. “I’m finally playing the lead part in a show, my own…” [more]

Ruth Stage and The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

September 28, 2021

A highlight of the benefit is to be a rehearsal sequence of the troupe’s upcoming revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin" Roof, featuring cast members Alison Fraser and Austin Pendleton. The production will be directed by Joe Rosario. [more]

Trial on the Potomac: The Impeachment of Richard Nixon

August 12, 2021

Rich Little, belatedly making his New York stage debut in the role of Richard Nixon is the show’s magnetic anchor. Playwright George Bugatti crafts a wild scenario, meshing Allen Drury’s sense of political intrigue with Jules Feiffer’s absurdism. [more]

Two Jack Lemmon Triumphs

June 27, 2021

He died 20 years ago today at the age of 76. Why am I moved to note this anniversary? For the same reason I was compelled to see "Tribute" onstage. Viewing 1973’s "Save the Tiger" as a child in a second-run Bronx movie made me a Jack Lemmon admirer for life. [more]

Darryl Reilly: Podcast Guest

June 16, 2021

During Mr. Reilly’s breezy segment his life, career and views on theater were discussed. The Bronx-born Reilly has been a critic for seven years, is a member of the Drama Desk and has a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. [more]

Grodin on Letterman

June 13, 2021

Grodin created his meta gag in 1973, which was that he was playing a snide and combative version of himself. He was so good at it that some audience members gasped at his rudeness and home viewers wrote in to complain at how nasty he was to Johnny Carson, who was in on the joke. [more]

George Rose Recalled

June 10, 2021

Highlights of Ed Dixon’s sharp writing and grand acting inlcude joyous recreations of George Rose in My Fair Lady and The Pirates of Penzance, a sad mini portrait of Ray Walston and being transported to the NYC acting world when a Hell’s Kitchen apartment could be rented for $70 a month. [more]

Consider Your Ass Kissed

May 28, 2021

“We have remained dear friends for 45 years, so I know the stories she has to tell. You’ll love this!” wrote Alex Trebek of Ruta Lee in his foreword. [more]

Edward Morehouse (1924 – 2021)

May 26, 2021

The HB Studio Facebook page thread about his death was filled with former students’ testimonials of his greatness. There was mention of a video of him on YouTube, it’s a revelation. [more]

The Importance of Being Earnest

May 23, 2021

Of course, there’s Wilde’s brilliance with his ingenious epigrams, the barbed skewering of the British class system and the precise plot. Most importantly, this glorious document preserves Brian Bedford magnificence. [more]

Gruesome Playground Injuries

May 19, 2021

Cameron Cueva Clarke and Logan Alexis Troyer , each offer riveting performances energetically rendering the poignant complexities of their dysfunctional characters. Director Tyler Riley’s charged staging in concert with Mr. Clarke’s creative conceptual direction achieves a Brechtian dimension of distance. [more]

Ruth Stage’s 50/50 Raffle

April 2, 2021

A distinguished local theater company’s pandemic-delayed revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opens in January 2022, and there’s a novel raffle to fund it. [more]

The Bloomingdale Theater Company

March 26, 2021

NYC-based actor Connor Chase Stewart has founded a troupe which performs scenes from classic plays via Zoom as an artistic outlet during the pandemic. [more]

Remembering Jason Robards

December 26, 2020

The great American actor died 20 years ago today at the age of 78. I became fascinated with him during his 1970’s consecutive Oscar-winning renaissance. [more]

Listening Pleasures

December 18, 2020

Sam Fragoso, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Santopadre and Studs Terkel’s broadcasts have provided me with entertainment and enlightenment during this pandemic. [more]

The 1970 Tony Awards

December 4, 2020

Darryl Reilly, Critic “This is my first award, so please be kind” cooed Noël Coward after he [more]

Stand-up on Allen Street

November 22, 2020

The atmosphere of a comedy club was replicated outside a NYC café at this Filipino-centric event held during the pandemic where polished comics entertained a masked audience. [more]

Stephanie Lynn Wilson (1953-2020)

October 22, 2020

This Bronx-born Off-Off-Broadway dynamo strove to put people of color on the stage in her substantive and empowering material. Appearing in one of her plays was so memorable. [more]

A 2020 Four Best List

June 12, 2020

With New York City theater in limbo for the foreseeable future, now seems the time to acknowledge the outstanding presentations of this COVID-19 era. [more]

My Circle in the Square

May 6, 2020

“Romeo and Juliet” at this unique theater was the first Broadway show I saw. Rex Harrison, George C. Scott and Brian Bedford were also memorable there. [more]

Jules Feiffer’s Grown Ups

April 24, 2020

This 1980’s obscure and brief-running dark work is my favorite play. I later met the author’s wife, which inspired Rupert Pupkin-style delusions. [more]

Pandemic Diversions

April 13, 2020

Darryl Reilly, Critic Like many, I have sought solace through entertainment during these first [more]

The Last Theater Show

April 11, 2020

Here are accounts of productions I attended just before live performances traumatically ceased in NYC due to COVID-19; one review was not published before. [more]

Vincent Price Was Oscar Wilde

March 19, 2020

There are happy and distracting memories to ponder while the arts and life are in limbo due to COVID-19. Lauren Bacall also appears in this recollection. [more]

A 2019 Ten Best List

December 19, 2019

These superior revivals, bold new plays and a terrific solo show were the most fascinating and memorable productions I experienced this year. [more]

Dear Laurie Lawrence

November 23, 2019

The late NYC performer’s 60th birthday was commemorated by a lovely concert at The Duplex with the proceeds benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. [more]
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